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Copper Canyon Train

The amazing Copper Canyon train is of course a big part of every Copper Canyon tour we do.

The amazing Copper Canyon train is of course a big part of every Copper Canyon tour we do.

The Copper Canyon train is called CHEPE and it is really the only way to get through the Sierra Madres in a reasonable fashion. The roads, though improved greatly are still long, dusty or muddy, rough and slow. The train trip through Copper Canyon gives a log slow look at the vast system of canyons. There is no sleeping area on the train and most people get off 2-3 times and stay over in the lodges along the way.

The Copper Canyon train as it climbs through the apple orchards of the Menonnite areas.

The Copper Canyon train as it climbs through the apple orchards of the Menonnite areas.

CHEPE Schedule

Trains run daily for Primero or first class and almost every other day for the second class train (Economia)…see the schedules sub page here for details and watch your days if you are using the second train.

Signs at the Copper Canyon train stop in Creel.

The directional sign at Creel from CHEPE- the train goes daily both ways from Chihuahua City to Los Mochis.

Primero leaves from both ends, Chihuahua City and Los Mochis each morning at 6a (watch that daylight time change date- it is different in Mexico) and beginning back in 2012, the second train is connected to the primero. Just note that the second train goes every other day and not at all on Wednesday. My experience is that while the trains may run a bit late as the day goes on, they tend to leave on time and with no regard for ticketed passengers who may be standing on the platform drinking coffee and gazing at the sunrise- I was ticked!

On the locomotive of the Copper Canyon train

Dave Hensleigh, owner and guide with Authentic Copper Canyon, is a train lover and a familiar face on CHEPE.